A Complete Guide to Canvas Printing

Canvas prints can be said as one of the hottest and most sought items all over the world, as there are numerous service providers mushrooming everywhere promising to give a quality printing service. But, many don’t understand what canvas printing is and just don’t go for it.

Canvas printing in simple term means, printing onto a canvas. Canvas is usually made with cotton, but at times, many printers use canvas that is cotton mixed with some other material or poly-cotton. But, most of them prefer cotton, as it stands any kind of wear and tear.

Printing can be done on a canvas of any size and any photo or painting can be turned into a beautiful art piece to be hung in a home, office or where ever one likes. These can be called as one of the best gifts possible.

A computer and an inkjet printer are more than enough to print a good quality print. Though images can be personalized, still choosing a good printing company and printing through them would be far more beneficial as they know the nuances of the trade.

Here is an insight into canvas printing.

An Insight into Canvas Printing

There is a plethora of printers available, both online and offline, and choosing from them would be really a daunting task for anyone who doesn’t know much about canvas printing. He or she should have at least the basic knowledge of canvas prints so that they don’t get cheated. If the user gets misinformation of a product, then there may be an issue when the user receives the completed product.

Printing is usually done with the help of an inkjet printer which is also known as Giclee printing. The ink is either UV based inks or dye inks. But, many good canvas printers recommend UV based inks, as the canvas doesn’t get affected, even if the sun’s rays fall on them and the print remains the same for years together. The printer also suggests good colour calibration, so that the print of the original matches with the print on the canvas. While printing, there are varieties of canvas edging available and this usually called as “bleed”, which leaves the edges empty. This protects the image while framing.

After printing, there is a coating done on the canvas print, to make it water-resistant. This helps a user to hang the printed canvas even in bathrooms and the image wouldn’t get spoilt.

After the process is done and the canvas is ready, it can either be hung as it is or can be mounted on a wooden frame. If it has to be framed, then it is stretched upon a wooden column. Good frames would have a good sloping so that it has a minimal contact with the image on the front and holds the canvas from the sides. A canvas that is not framed is called as “rolled canvas” and is not stretched over the frame.


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